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Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor is joining Twitter’s board

This board now looks radically different from the one that allowed Twitter to stagnate.

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Twitter has appointed another new board member: Bret Taylor, the former chief technology officer at Facebook and an ex-Google employee who helped create Google Maps. He’s currently the CEO of a startup called Quip, and had co-founded a startup called Friendfeed that once could have been described as sort-of a Twitter competitor.

"Bret brings to our Board a great mind for consumer products and technologies that will be invaluable to the company as we execute our plans for 2016 and beyond," said Omid Kordestani, Twitter's executive chairman — himself a long-time former Google executive — in a canned statement quote. "His skills also complement those of our other recent Board additions, who bring expertise in finance, media, and entrepreneurship."

Twitter recently appointed BET CEO Debra Lee to its board, and previously added Pepsi CFO Hugh Johnston and internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox.

This board now looks radically different from the one that has allowed the company to stagnate in many ways since its hyper growth period last decade. It may also be the one to vote on a potential sale of the company if trends continue.

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